English Test For Job Quiz

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In certain companies, securing a position demands a comprehensive grasp of the English language, encompassing communication, writing, and reading skills. Presented here is a pre-employment English assessment practice test meticulously designed to evaluate your language proficiency. Are you ready to demonstrate your capabilities?

Embark on the "English Test for Job Quiz" and put your skills to the test. As you navigate through the questions, selecting the correct answers will determine your score. This quiz serves as a valuable tool for gauging your readiness to meet the language expectations of prospective employers.

Your dedication to preparing for this quiz Read morereflects your commitment to professional growth. By participating, you're showcasing your language prowess and your aspiration to excel in your career. Best of luck on this enlightening journey. As you tackle the "English Test for Job Quiz," may your confidence and skill shine through, opening doors to exciting career opportunities!


English Test for Job Questions and Answers

  • 1. 

    Pick the correct answer  A dog is bigger than a mouse but smaller than an elephant.

    • A.

      A dog is smaller than a mouse.

    • B.

      A dog is very big.

    • C.

      A dog is the biggest.

    • D.

      An elephant is bigger than a dog.

    Correct Answer
    D. An elephant is bigger than a dog.
    Explanation
    The given statement states that a dog is bigger than a mouse but smaller than an elephant. Therefore, the correct answer is "An elephant is bigger than a dog" as it aligns with the information provided in the statement.

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  • 2. 

    Verb Forms: We usually ______ dinner at 8:00 p.m.

    • A.

      Eat

    • B.

      Eating

    • C.

      Never have eaten

    • D.

      I don't know

    Correct Answer
    A. Eat
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "eat" because the sentence is in the present tense and "eat" is the base form of the verb that agrees with the subject "we".

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  • 3. 

    Verb Forms: Yesterday, we ______ a very interesting conference call about the new ERP project. 

    • A.

      Are having

    • B.

      Have

    • C.

      Had

    • D.

      Were had

    Correct Answer
    C. Had
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "had". This is because the sentence is referring to a past event, indicated by the word "yesterday". Therefore, the past tense form of the verb "have" should be used, which is "had".

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  • 4. 

    Verb: The plane _____ at New York's Kennedy Airport. 

    • A.

      Got down

    • B.

      Took down

    • C.

      Landed

    • D.

      Drove

    Correct Answer
    C. Landed
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "landed" because when a plane arrives at an airport, it typically lands. The verb "landed" specifically refers to the action of a plane touching down on the runway after a flight.

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  • 5. 

    Compound Nouns: Thomas White, who orchestrated ___________ rescue packages, will address the group.

    • A.

      Multi billion-dollars

    • B.

      Multi billions dollars

    • C.

      Multi billion-dollar

    • D.

      Multi billion dollar

    Correct Answer
    C. Multi billion-dollar
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "multi billion-dollar" because it correctly combines the words "multi" and "billion-dollar" to form a compound noun that describes the rescue packages. This hyphenated form is necessary to show that "billion" and "dollar" are connected and function together as a single unit modifying "rescue packages".

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  • 6. 

    Prepositions: The computer printer is _______ the table ______ the computer.

    • A.

      On ---- at

    • B.

      On ---- next to

    • C.

      On ---- on

    • D.

      On ---- under

    Correct Answer
    B. On ---- next to
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "on ---- next to" because it indicates that the computer printer is positioned on the table, but it is also located beside or adjacent to the computer.

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  • 7. 

    Prepositions: She always gets up early ______ the morning, so she can make it to class ______ time.

    • A.

      By ---- in

    • B.

      In ---- in

    • C.

      On ---- on

    • D.

      In ---- on

    Correct Answer
    D. In ---- on
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "in ---- on". The preposition "in" is used to indicate a specific time period, in this case, the morning. The preposition "on" is used to indicate a specific point in time, in this case, the time when she needs to make it to class. So, the sentence means that she always gets up early during the morning, so she can make it to class at the specific time she needs to be there.

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  • 8. 

    Context Clues: I took the tome off the shelf and opened it to page 94. Then I began to read. Tome means...

    • A.

      Food

    • B.

      Clues

    • C.

      A book

    • D.

      A cigarette

    Correct Answer
    C. A book
    Explanation
    In the given context, the narrator mentions taking the tome off the shelf and opening it to a specific page, indicating that a tome refers to a book.

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  • 9. 

    The next six questions are related to one paragraph, stated below. Each of the six questions will contain the same paragraph so that you can refer to it. (Text: Robert D. Jacobs, “The Matrix,” Poe, Journalist and Critic, 1969, pp. 3-34). Reading Comprehension: The "taint of melancholy" that Edgar Allan Poe throughout his life associated with the more "soulful" aspects of beauty was, of course, one of the familiar moods of romantics everywhere. But it is somewhat unusual that this particular mood should be so favored by Southern poets. From the defiant anguish reminiscent of Byron to the delicate sadness characteristic of female poets like Mrs. Felicia Hemans, the whole range of melancholy feelings could be found in the pages of The Messenger during the 1930s. This is not to say that the magazine published only the poems of the Southern poetasters who invoked melancholy. The significant point is that the Southern poets whom The Messenger did publish were prone to exploit melancholy. Poems on Poe's favorite subject, the death of a beautiful woman, were numerous enough in The Messenger to make us feel some retroactive concern about the durability of Southern belles. Q1: Most poetry published in the South:

    • A.

      Was cheerful in mood

    • B.

      Was melancholic

    • C.

      Did not reflect one of the familiar moods of the romantics

    • D.

      Was written by Edgar Allan Poe

    Correct Answer
    A. Was cheerful in mood
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "was cheerful in mood". The passage states that it is somewhat unusual for the melancholic mood to be favored by Southern poets. It also mentions that The Messenger, a magazine that published Southern poets, had numerous poems on the death of a beautiful woman, which suggests a more melancholic theme. Therefore, it can be inferred that most poetry published in the South was not melancholic, but rather cheerful in mood.

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  • 10. 

    Reading Comprehension: The "taint of melancholy" which Edgar Allan Poe throughout his life associated with the more "soulful" aspects of beauty was, of course, one of the familiar moods of romantics everywhere. But it is somewhat unusual that this particular mood should be so favored by Southern poets. From the defiant anguish reminiscent of Byron to the delicate sadness characteristic of female poets like Mrs. Felicia Hemans, the whole range of melancholy feeling could be found in the pages of The Messenger during the 1930s. This is not to say that the magazine published only the poems of the Southern poetasters who invoked melancholy. The significant point is that the Southern poets whom The Messenger did publish were prone to exploit melancholy. Poems on Poe's favorite subject, the death of a beautiful woman, were numerous enough in The Messenger to make us feel some retroactive concern about the durability of Southern belles. Q2: Poe had a preference for poems that dealt with:

    • A.

      The death of a child

    • B.

      Byronic despair

    • C.

      Southern belles

    • D.

      The death of a beautiful woman

    Correct Answer
    D. The death of a beautiful woman
    Explanation
    The passage mentions that "poems on Poe's favorite subject, the death of a beautiful woman, were numerous enough in The Messenger." This suggests that Poe had a preference for poems that dealt with the death of a beautiful woman.

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  • 11. 

    Reading Comprehension: The "taint of melancholy," which Edgar Allan Poe throughout his life associated with the more "soulful" aspects of beauty, was, of course, one of the familiar moods of romantics everywhere. But it is somewhat unusual that Southern poets should so favor this particular mood. From the challenging anguish reminiscent of Byron to the delicate sadness characteristic of female poets like Mrs. Felicia Hemans, the whole range of melancholy feeling could be found in the pages of The Messenger during the 1930s. This is not to say that the magazine published only the poems of the Southern poetasters who invoked melancholy. The significant point is that the Southern poets whom The Messenger did publish were prone to exploit melancholy. Poems on Poe's favorite subject, the death of a beautiful woman, were numerous enough in The Messenger to make us feel some retroactive concern about the durability of Southern belles. Q3: The author implies that Southern belles:

    • A.

      May often have been delicately sad

    • B.

      May often have died young

    • C.

      May have written many poems

    • D.

      May have lived very melancholy lives

    Correct Answer
    B. May often have died young
    Explanation
    The author implies that Southern belles may often have died young. This can be inferred from the statement that poems on the death of a beautiful woman were numerous enough in The Messenger to raise concerns about the durability of Southern belles.

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  • 12. 

    Reading Comprehension: The "taint of melancholy" which Edgar Allan Poe throughout his life associated with the more "soulful" aspects of beauty was, of course, one of the familiar moods of romantics everywhere. But it is somewhat unusual that this particular mood should be so favored by Southern poets. From the defiant anguish reminiscent of Byron to the delicate sadness characteristic of female poets like Mrs. Felicia Hemans, the whole range of melancholy feeling could be found in the pages of The Messenger during the 1930s. This is not to say that the magazine published only the poems of the Southern poetasters who invoked melancholy. The significant point is that the Southern poets whom The Messenger did publish were prone to exploit melancholy. Poems on Poe's favorite subject, the death of a beautiful woman, were numerous enough in The Messenger to make us feel some retroactive concern about the durability of Southern belles. Q4: The Messenger published:

    • A.

      Primarily melancholy poems

    • B.

      Only female poets

    • C.

      Only Southern poets who wrote melancholy poems

    • D.

      Many poems about death

    Correct Answer
    A. Primarily melancholy poems
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "primarily melancholy poems." This can be inferred from the passage where it mentions that the Southern poets whom The Messenger published were prone to exploit melancholy and that poems on Poe's favorite subject, the death of a beautiful woman, were numerous enough in The Messenger. Therefore, it can be concluded that The Messenger published only melancholy poems.

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  • 13. 

    Reading Comprehension: The "taint of melancholy" that Edgar Allan Poe throughout his life associated with the more "soulful" aspects of beauty was, of course, one of the familiar moods of romantics everywhere. But it is somewhat unusual that this particular mood should be so favored by Southern poets. From the defiant anguish reminiscent of Byron to the delicate sadness characteristic of female poets like Mrs. Felicia Hemans, the whole range of melancholy feelings could be found in the pages of The Messenger during the 1930s. This is not to say that the magazine published only the poems of the Southern poetasters who invoked melancholy. The significant point is that the Southern poets whom The Messenger did publish were prone to exploit melancholy. Poems on Poe's favorite subject, the death of a beautiful woman, were numerous enough in The Messenger to make us feel some retroactive concern about the durability of Southern belles. Q5: The words "reminiscent of" mean most nearly:

    • A.

      Prominent in

    • B.

      Recalling

    • C.

      Absent in

    • D.

      Favored by

    Correct Answer
    B. Recalling
    Explanation
    The words "reminiscent of" mean most nearly "recalling". This means that the anguish expressed by Southern poets in their poetry reminded the author of the anguish expressed by Byron and the delicate sadness expressed by female poets like Mrs. Felicia Hemans. The use of "reminiscent of" suggests that there is a similarity or connection between the two.

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  • 14. 

    Prepositions: The professor said ________ the first day of the course that there would be a big final test _______ the end of the semester.

    • A.

      At ---- on

    • B.

      At ---- at

    • C.

      On ---- at

    • D.

      On ---- in

    Correct Answer
    C. On ---- at
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "on ---- at" because the preposition "on" is used to indicate a specific day or date, such as "on the first day." The preposition "at" is used to indicate a specific point in time, such as "at the end of the semester."

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  • 15. 

    Context Clues: The thought of eating a rat is abhorrent to most people.

    • A.

      Fun, lively

    • B.

      Horrible, repugnant

    • C.

      Delicious, tasty

    • D.

      Sweet, sugary

    Correct Answer
    B. Horrible, repugnant
    Explanation
    The phrase "abhorrent to most people" suggests that the thought of eating a rat is strongly disliked or detested by most individuals. This aligns with the meaning of "horrible" and "repugnant," which both indicate something that is extremely unpleasant or disgusting. Therefore, the correct answer is "horrible, repugnant."

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  • 16. 

    Verb Tenses: Usually, I (work) ______________ as a secretary at ABT, but this summer I (study) ______________ French at a language school in Paris. That is why I am in Paris.

    • A.

      Am working ---- was studying

    • B.

      Worked ---- studied

    • C.

      Work ---- am studying

    • D.

      Am working ---- am studying

    Correct Answer
    C. Work ---- am studying
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "work ---- am studying". This is because the first blank requires a present tense verb to match the word "usually", indicating a regular or habitual action. The second blank requires a verb in the present continuous tense to indicate an action happening at the present moment. Therefore, the correct combination is "am working" and "am studying".

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  • 17. 

    Pronouns:  If you happen to see your parents this weekend, give ___ my best regards.

    • A.

      Her

    • B.

      Him

    • C.

      Them

    • D.

      They

    Correct Answer
    C. Them
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "them" because the sentence is referring to multiple parents, indicating a plural pronoun is needed. "Them" is the plural form of the pronoun and is used to refer to multiple people.

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  • 18. 

    Tag Questions: You'll be leaving for Los Angeles soon, __________? 

    • A.

      Won't you?

    • B.

      Don't you?

    • C.

      Aren't you?

    • D.

      Shouldn't you?

    Correct Answer
    A. Won't you?
    Explanation
    The correct answer is, "won't you?" This is because the tag question is used to seek confirmation or agreement from the listener. In this case, the speaker is assuming that the person they are speaking to will be leaving for Los Angeles soon, and they are seeking confirmation of this assumption. The tag question "won't you?" is used to ask if the assumption is correct, implying that the listener is indeed leaving for Los Angeles soon.

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  • 19. 

    Subject-Verb Agreement: Choose the sentence in which the subjects and verbs have been correctly identified and in which the subjects and verbs agree.

    • A.

      At the end of the story, they was living happily ever after. Subject - they; Verb - was living

    • B.

      At the end of the story, they were living happily ever after. Subject - they; Verb - were living

    • C.

      At the end of the story, they were living happily ever after. Subject - they; Verb - were living happily ever after

    • D.

      At the end of the story, they was living happily ever after. Subject - they; Verb - was

    Correct Answer
    B. At the end of the story, they were living happily ever after. Subject - they; Verb - were living
    Explanation
    In this sentence, the subject "they" is plural and the verb "were living" agrees with the plural subject. This is the correct subject-verb agreement.

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  • 20. 

    Context Clues: You can trust the salesmen at that store because they always conduct business in an above-board manner.

    • A.

      Honestly, openly

    • B.

      Sneaky, dishonest

    • C.

      Horrible, repugnant

    • D.

      Strange, unusual

    Correct Answer
    A. Honestly, openly
    Explanation
    The phrase "conduct business in an aboveboard manner" suggests that the salesmen at that store are trustworthy because they are honest and open in their dealings. This means that they are not sneaky or dishonest, and their behavior is not strange or unusual.

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Kristin is a highly experienced English teacher, editor, and proofreader based in Massachusetts. Kristin holds a Master's of Education in Curriculum and Teaching from Fitchburg State University and a Bachelor of Science in English/Language Arts Teacher Education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. As a native English speaker, she brings over a decade of expertise to her work with students and clients, ensuring precision and excellence in language and communication. With a passion for cultivating language skills, Kristin is dedicated to helping individuals achieve their linguistic and educational goals.

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